As discussed above, there are two main components of the project. The first is to build the Children’s Garden. The wooden raised beds should last a minimum of 10 years and the metal raised beds even longer. The Garden once built will be maintained by student volunteers. Once the beds are built and the perennials planted, the main cost will be for seeds and plant starts each season. The second component of the project is to create a formal education program. The main re-occuring cost associated with the education program will be educational supplies. Once the program is operating smoothly, the Farm education program will charge a nominal fee for field trips, which will cover the operating costs of the Farm’s education program including maintaining the Children’s Garden. To help launch the education program, UWBG has committed the partial support of one of its education staff for the short term. However, the objective is for it to be fully self-sustaining by 2017 when the support of the UWBG education staff position ends. For this reason, a student intern is built into the budget to ease the transition to self-sufficiency. The student intern will work one quarter with UWBG staff to develop a self-sustaining system. The following quarter the intern will work independently to implement the plan. UW student volunteers will take primary responsibility for leading school field trips, however, in order to ensure continuity and reliability, UWBG education staff and volunteers will be available to provide back up support and lead field trips when needed. The Children’s Garden has been designed with future expansion in mind. The metal water trough raised beds around the periphery of the Children’s garden will be placed on pallets so that they can be moved by fork lift to allow for possible expansion.
Potential Funding Reductions:
The first priority is to create the physical space for an elementary school field trip program to meet, explore and engage. In the event of a change in budget, building a Children's Garden and the raised beds is priority. A 5% and 10% reduction in funding would impact the amount of educational supplies and materials that could be purchased. While no one item would be struck from the budget, fewer of those items would be purchased. For instance, while some chairs would be available, not every student would be able to sit while engaging in an activity. Fewer supplies means that students may spend more time waiting to do an activity. Moreover, scarcity could have a negative impact on behavioral management, because it is during transition times, such as waiting to use a scarce supply that behavioral issues are more likely to arise. In the event of a 20% reduction in funding, the student intern’s hours would be reduced from a two-quarter position to a one-quarter position. UWBG has committed, on a short-term basis, the partial time of one of its educational staff to help launch the Farm’s educational program. The student internship position is designed to ease the program’s transition to self-sufficiency. The plan is for the student intern to work one quarter with UWBG staff to develop a self-sustaining system (for volunteer recruitment, for assigning student tour guides to lead field trips, for new student volunteer curriculum trainings, for communicating with the various involved parties, and for schools to register for field trips) and then the following quarter for the student intern to work independently to implement it. This transition period is a vulnerable time for the Farm education program. Reducing the length of the internship could make the transition more difficult and could potential impact the program’s success.
Active: Post-implementation phase